Earfull: EagleMania

Eagles On Ice



The desire to get out of the bar-band bustle and in front of bigger crowds in larger venues served as the catalyst behind EagleMania’s recent success. After three years of honing their skills and searching for the right combination of voices and musicians, the self-proclaimed “World’s Greatest Tribute Band” is ready to bring their show to The 570. EagleMania will perform Feb. 15 at the Clarks Summit Elementary School, 401 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit as part of the 10th Annual Clarks Summit Festival of Ice. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door.
Eaglemania is Frankie Reno (keyboards and vocals), John Gaechter (guitar and vocals),Ken Darcy (guitar and vocals), Steve French (lead vocals), Jon Weiswasser (drums) and Paul Kuklinski (bass). The band performs all of the hits of the Eagles, as well as material from members Don Henley, Glen Frey and Joe Walsh’s solo albums.
“When I first put the band together, we were veteran players involved the club scene,” Reno said. “We were all tired of doing the typical bar-band stuff. We wanted to find a project that would get us in front of a larger audience with the potential of playing bigger and better venues. I put together what I thought was a line-up that would work in the beginning, but I came to find out the difficulty in pulling off the Eagles harmonies and instrumentation. It was much more of a challenge than I had initially thought. It took me a year to find the right combination of musicians — the right voices that blended, the guys that could play the parts correctly. Ever since finding these musicians, things have gelled. These guys are some of the best musicians and vocalists I’ve ever worked with.”
The band is always working on new ways to deliver their music and take cues from the real Eagles for inspiration toward their own live sets. When asked if he had any particular favorite moments during their performances, Reno noted the acoustic segment of the show, when audiences can clearly hear the vocal melodies, front and center.
“One of the things we do is an acoustic set in the middle of the show — very similar if you’ve seen the Eagles in concert. They sit on their bar stools with their acoustic guitars and break the song down to the bare bones and really let the vocals shine. I enjoy that the most and the crowd seems to really get off on it. You can hear the harmonies and they’re not covered up by drums and guitars blaring. I take the most pride in our harmonies because it was the most challenging for us to pull off. We are so close to how the Eagles sound, there are times I get goose-bumps listening.”
— tom graham

Catch EagleMania at the Clarks Summit Elementary School, 401 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit on Feb. 15. The show is part of the 10th Annual Clarks Summit Festival of Ice. Doors open at 6 p.m. Opening act Hippie Nation takes the stage at 7 p.m. Attendees interested in competing in the Rock Star costume contest must register by 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance and $20 at the door.  For more information about the Festival of Ice, visit theabingtons.org or call (570) 587-9045. For more EagleMania information and to check out tour dates, visit EagleManiaBand.com.